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Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih

photo of Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih

Known For: Judge, Sharia Court of Ramallah
Country: Palestine

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Kholoud Faqih made history in 2009 as the first female Shariah judge in Palestine.

Judge Kholoud graduated with honors with a law degree from University of Jerusalem in 1999. She received a Master’s degree in private law from the same university in 2005. In 2001, she received her license to practice law and worked as a lawyer at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, an organization dedicated to assisting battered women. From 2003 to 2008, she worked for the Defense of Battered Women where she gained extensive litigation experience. In 2008, she passed two competitive judicial exams in Ramallah, excelling in the Islamic law portions.  Judge Kholoud beat out dozens of her male colleagues in the process.  One year later, she was appointed as a judge in the Sharia Court of Ramallah, making her the first female Sharia judge in Palestine.

In 2012, CEO Middle East magazine ranked Judge Kholoud as #10 of the “100 Most Powerful Arab Women” in the world.

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